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Satellite data offers enhanced view of Earth's tectonic structures

Satellite data offers enhanced view of Earth's tectonic structures

Science
Nov. 5 (UPI) -- New satellite surveys and fresh gravity datasets are helping scientists image tectonic structures, revealing links between Antarctica and the rest of Earth's continents. Using data collected by the European Space Station's GOCE mission -- short for Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer -- scientists have begun to identify the lithosphere structures that define the movement and evolution of the planet's continents. The insights made possible by the newly analyzed GOCE data offer a view of Earth's tectonics distinct from seismic surveys. Until now, detailed images of Antarctica's underlying tectonic structures have been hard to come by. By analyzing gradients in the gravity data collected by ESA's GOCE satellites, scientists were able to produce "curvatur...
ICESat: Space laser to get unprecedented view of Earth's ice

ICESat: Space laser to get unprecedented view of Earth's ice

Science
The American space agency is about to put a laser in orbit to measure the condition of Earth's ice cover. The satellite mission, called ICESat-2, should provide more precise information on how these frozen surfaces are being affected by global warming. Antarctica, Greenland and the ice floating on the Arctic Ocean have all lost volume in recent decades. ICESat-2 will track ongoing change in unprecedented detail from its vantage point some 500km above the planet. A Delta II rocket is booked to take the satellite laser into space on Saturday. Lift-off from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California is scheduled for 05:46 local time (12:46 GMT; 13:46 BST). As the name suggests, ICESat-2 is a follow-on project. The original spacecra...
Charli XCX gives fans VERY intimate view in bikini video

Charli XCX gives fans VERY intimate view in bikini video

Entertainment
The 25-year-old singer songwriter admitted to her 3.2 million followers that she "does stupid s**t" with a cryptic tweet.Earlier in the day, Charli stripped to her two-piece and took time off from her busy schedule to pose in the pool.Rocking a white bikini top with an unmatched black bottom, the No Angel singer posed with a pool float after baring her assets in the snaps.Adding a pair of black sunglasses and a three-part necklace, the star stunned with her monochrome colour palette. INSTAGRAM / CHARLI_XCX POOLSIDE BABE: Charli XCX strips down for a poolside snap for her day off After admitting that she was focusing on making a playlist that would share all of her favourite artists, in a bid to grow their p...
APEX offers up-close view of black hole's event horizon

APEX offers up-close view of black hole's event horizon

Science
May 25 (UPI) -- Astronomers are trying to take a picture of the shadow of a black hole, and they're getting closer thanks to the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment radio telescope, also known as APEX. Five years ago, astronomers outfitted APEX with the equipment needed to be integrated into a global network of antennas known as Event Horizon Telescope. The addition of APEX allowed EHT to collect the most detailed observations yet of Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. More specifically, the collective of telescopes was able to zoom in on the black hole's event horizon, the point of no return -- where the gravitational pull of the black hole becomes stronger than the speed of light and beyond, which no matter or particle can escape. The Event Hori...
View: India's banking system requires stronger watchdog

View: India's banking system requires stronger watchdog

Finance
By Ila PatnaikTo many economists, the solution to India’s bad-loan crisis appears as obvious as the problem: Privatize state-owned banks, which have racked up billions more in soured loans and performed much worse than their private-sector counterparts. Yet, unless the government first strengthens its ability to supervise all banks, public and private, selling some of them off will be slim guarantee against another crisis. One can understand the urge to privatize. A long-mooted bankruptcy law finally passed last year allows any single creditor to initiate the bankruptcy process. This has disrupted the earlier cozy system, whereby banks hid the full extent of their soured loans and the Reserve Bank of India, which oversees the sector, looked the other way. As bad loans tumbled out of the cl